Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. S22: Spec-by-Spec Comparison of the Flagship Phones

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The $800 (£849, AU$1,349) Samsung Galaxy S23 made its debut Wednesday as part of the company’s Unpacked event, but Samsung is also keeping last year’s Galaxy S22 around with a $100 price drop. That 2022 phone now costs $700, and it still has excellent specs like a 50-megapixel main camera. It’s been updated to Android 13 and last year’s speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Moreover, the Galaxy S23 and the Galaxy S22 have nearly identical designs, including a 6.1-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

However, there are a number of improvements with the Galaxy S23 that are definitely worth considering when weighing if you should spend an extra $100 for the newer phone. While we haven’t yet had the chance to review the Galaxy S23, the phone is shipping with a slightly bigger battery than the Galaxy S22. This could be quite meaningful, as CNET’s Lisa Eadicicco found battery life to be a weak point in her Galaxy S22 review. The phone also includes a “Galaxy-optimized” version of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. Though we don’t know how big of a difference that optimization will make, it seems to be at least faster than last year’s chip.

If you want a quick look at the differences between the Galaxy S23 and the Galaxy S22, we put the specs for each into the below chart. Other notable differences include the front-facing camera — 12-megapixel on the S23 vs. 10-megapixel on the S22 — and video capture settings.

Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. Samsung Galaxy S22

Galaxy S23

Galaxy S22

Display size, resolution

6.1-inch AMOLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels; 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate; 1,750 nits

6.1-inch AMOLED; FHD+ (1080×2340); 120 Hz

Pixel density

425 ppi

425 ppi

Dimensions (inches)

5.76 x 2.79 x 0.3 in

5.7 x 2.77 x 0.29 in.

Dimensions (millimeters)

146.3 x 70.9 x 7.6 mm

146 x 70.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight (ounces, grams)

168 g (5.93 oz)

167g (168g for mmWave model)

Mobile software

Android 13

Android 13

Rear Cameras

50-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 10-megapixel (telephoto)

50-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 10-megapixel (telephoto)

Front-facing camera



Video capture

8K at 30fps

8K at 24 fps


Galaxy-optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1


128GB, 256GB

128GB, 256GB




Expandable storage




3,900 mAh (25W wired charging)

3,700 mAh (25W wired charging)

Fingerprint sensor






Headphone jack



Special features

5G (mmw/Sub6), IP68 rating, faster wired charging, wireless PowerShare to charge other devices

5G (mmw/Sub6), 120Hz display, IP68 rating, 25W wired charging, 15W wireless charging

Price off-contract (USD)

$800 (8GB/128GB)

$700 (8GB/128GB)

Price (GBP)

£849 (8GB/128GB)

£769 (8GB/128GB)

Price (AUD)

AU$1,349 (8GB/128GB)

AU$1,149 (8GB/128GB)

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